Dentist can build a mouth guard to fit your teeth and prevent snoring, in a comfortable way.If you or a loved one struggles with snoring while asleep, you might be surprised to know that dental treatment can help. While people may snore from time to time, loud, excessive snoring can be the sign of a…
Un-stuffing Your Stuffy Nose: What You Need To Know So You Can Breathe Better, Sleep Better, & Live Better
As a dentist in Tempe, we focus on keeping our patients in excellent oral health and part of that process is understanding how the entire body works together. Oral health, as with the health of any part of your body, is not isolated. This is why something like gum disease can impact your gums, teeth and even your heart. Even your breathing connects to your oral health.
The importance of sleep
In Sleep Interrupted by Steven Y. Park, M.D there is discussion around the negative side effects of breathing through your mouth. While it may seem natural to switch between the mouth and nose breathing, there are distinct health advantages to breathing through your nose. The first of these is that you will receive more oxygen. Nitric oxide helps the body to receive more oxygen. When you breathe through your nose, you create small amounts of this gas that helps your lungs to absorb oxygen. As a result, you will receive 10 to 25 percent more oxygen and have more energy.
As a dentist in Tempe, I frequently work with patients that do not get enough oxygen while they sleep due to obstructive sleep apnea. This condition is generally caused by the lower jaw and tongue falling backward and blocking the airway. This condition can lead people to feel so incredibly fatigued that they cannot stay up past dinner, fall asleep when doing activities like watching television or working on the computer, etc. I treat this condition using a non-invasive, removable oral appliance.
The results are consistent and dramatic as patients begin to breathe freely at night and wake up feeling refreshed for the first time in months or years. Through these treatments, I witness firsthand the importance of getting the right amount of oxygen. This makes the studies on nose breathing even more interesting because if you could change how you are breathing, you could start to feel more energized than you have in years and begin to enjoy life more thoroughly.
Treating other health issues
Simultaneously, this makes it important to treat any problems that you have with your nose right away. If you have a sinus infection or too much mucus, it needs treatment with a visit to your primary care doctor. Clearing the mucus can help you to breathe through your nose during the day and improve your breathing at night.
While obstructive sleep apnea is typically a result of the tongue blocking the airways, it worsens from a plugged up nose. In this case, wearing a removable oral appliance while sleeping becomes even more important.
As a dentist, I can examine you and suggest steps for an at-home sleep study to determine if you have obstructive sleep apnea. If you do, we will make an impression of your mouth and take measurements. This information will then be sent to the dental lab for your oral appliance to be created. It will fit perfectly so that you can sleep without it moving out of place or causing you any discomfort. This, combined with treating any sinus problems that you have, can help you to get more oxygen while sleeping. Breathing through your nose during the day will further improve your oxygen levels, making it possible to have the energy you need to enjoy more strenuous activities.
You do not have to let sleep apnea dominate your life and ruin your health. This serious condition can affect everything from your cognition to your cardiovascular system. While you may first think of a CPAP machine as an effective way to treat it, your dentist may have a different approach. Dental professionals can prescribe…
Sleep apnea is a health problem that leads to interruptions to your breathing during sleep. When it occurs, the body wakes you up so that breathing can be restored. These interruptions to a person's sleep can prevent them from getting sufficient sleep, leading to them feeling tired during the day.The effects of sleep apnea go…
Has it been a while since your last dental checkup? Keep your smile healthy by scheduling one today.If it's time for a dental checkup, don't delay. When it comes to maintaining your oral health, it is crucial to seek regular checkups at least twice a year. With professional dental checkups, we can help prevent any…